Executive Order EO-2021-075 (updated 15 Nov 2021)
📄 EO-2021-075 was issued on 15 Nov 2021, and is effective immediately
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
🆔 The requirement to show proof of vaccination, or negative test results for lodging, restaurants, etc (as detailed below) will apply to kids aged 5 to 11 years beginning 15 January 2022.
🏟️ All attendees at large events must show proof of vaccination. If the event venue chooses to admit people who are not fully vaccinated (but show a negative test result instead), then the capacity of the venue will be limited to 50%. Kids aged 5 to 11 must provide negative test results (until 01 Feb 2022, at which point they will need to be vaccinated).
Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 15 Nov 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older. If you are unvaccinated and staying more than a week, you are required to show new negative test results weekly. Effective 16 Aug 2021, per executive order EO-2021-062.
🍔 In order to be admitted to a bunch of different places (restaurants, bars, theaters, tours, excursions, casinos, etc) you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Other types of businesses may, at their option, require this documentation to access their facility. This applies to all people 12 (twelve) years old and older. Effective 23 Aug 2021, per executive order EO-2021-063.
✈️ All domestic travelers arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) Vacu-ID issued by the Government of Puerto Rico in the CESCO app on your mobile device, (c) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (d) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older.If you are un-vaccinated and do not have negative results when you arrive to PR, you have 48 hours to produce those results. Otherwise you will be fined $300 per person. See the PR Government Travel Safe site for details, and to submit your contact tracing information

Enjoy the Holiday Glow in Old San Juan

Christmas Lights in Old San JuanPersonally, I think one of the prettiest things about the Holidays is all of the lights. And Puerto Rico does not disappoint.

Most towns decorate their town squares and government buildings with loads of lights and displays. This is especially true in Old San Juan. Additionally, many people go "all out" when decorating their homes.

 

Christmas Lights on La FortalezaThe Christmas season "officially" kicks off right after Thanksgiving. There are tons of holiday lights all over Old San Juan.

The lights stay lit until the end of January. So make a point to stay in Old San Juan after dark this holiday season – and enjoy!

 

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Comments & Discussion

There are 3 comments on this article.

For much variety, you will need to rent a car for at least a few days. For food and dancing, head to Guavate on weekend (especially Sunday afternoon.) Not so muh light shows, but each town plaza has lights up (Fajardo's is really nice), and there are a few homes that are well known for outrageous light displays- Cueva Iluminada in Vega Alta for instance (check google maps). Any town festival will have artisans, and you are just missing a big artisan sale in OSJ, but there are some very nice hand-made artisan stores in OSJ. Every Friday in OSJ is music/dancing at https://www.facebook.com/adoquinjammingnights/ . We try to update our Facebook page with events as we find them, so keep an eye open there.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Dec 2019

I am planning to stay in old san juan dec 19-28, I need to know what are the MUST GO sites during this period. I am interested in light shows,, traditional singing or parandas, places to eat the puerto rican christmas meals, places to buy traditional art and crafts etc... I would appreciate your response. Sincerely Benjamin Grajales

Comment by benjamin grajales on 07 Dec 2019

I agree... I spent some time in OSJ on Three Kings Day and it was beautiful. I don't think I took any pictures, but the lights and the atmosphere was phenomenal. Nice post, I wrote almost the same thing over at my blog the other day as well... haha. I'll be sure to subscribe to your blog. :)

Comment by SB on 04 Dec 2007

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